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Anderson out of New York Open with elbow injury

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 8 Feb 2019
  • Anderson pulls out of New York Open because of an elbow injury
  • The South African was the defending champion
  • Tiafoe added to the field
Kevin Anderson (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

World No. 5 Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from next week’s New York Open due to an elbow injury sustained at last month’s Australian Open.

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Anderson, the defending New York Open champion after winning the inaugural edition of the tournament last year, revealed in a statement that he’s been troubled by an elbow injury since the Australian Open and is not yet ready to compete.

“I’m sorry not to be returning to the New York Open this year to defend my title,” Anderson said. “The event kick-started my year in 2018 and I was very excited to return. Unfortunately, my elbow has been giving me problems since the Australian Open and I’m not yet back to full fitness. I wish the players and fans a great week of tennis. There’s a lot of talent in the field and I encourage anyone who can make the event to check it out. Hope to see you all next year.”

Anderson defeated Sam Querrey in the final of the New York Open last year to break a three-year title drought and was the springboard for a career-best 2018 season in which he finished runner-up at Wimbledon, won his first ATP 500 title in Vienna and qualified for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 5.

Frances Tiafoe (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
The South African continued his momentum into the start of 2019 by winning his sixth career title in Pune, India, but he was bundled out of the Australian Open in the second round by rising star Frances Tiafoe in four sets.

Meanwhile, Tiafoe has been added to the New York Open field in Anderson’s absence as he looks to build on a spectacular Australian Open campaign in which he made his first major quarter-final and backed up his victory over Anderson with a win over Grigor Dimitrov before going down to Rafael Nadal.

“Adding Frances to what is already a tremendous and talented field, is very excited for all of us involved with the New York Open,” tournament chairman and co-tournament director Josh Ripple said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing him build off of what he showed in Melbourne last month here in front of a great tennis fan base on Long Island.”

World No. 10 John Isner will be the top seed at the New York Open, which is live between February 11-17.

Australian No. 1 Alex de Minaur has also pulled out of the event with injury, organisers said on Thursday.


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